August is Romance Awareness Month and what better way to celebrate than with Latinx inspired romance novels. This month gives you the chance to read amazing love-centered stories that have captured our hearts over the past few years. Maybe you’re interested in a rom-com like The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa or you’d like more of a sweet romance story like A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey. Whatever your preference is, we’ve got the story for you! Here are 9 books written by Latinx authors to add to your reading list this month.
The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa
Carolina Santos is a wedding planner who was ditched at the alter at her own wedding. Now, she has to work with the man who ruined her big day: her ex’s brother, Max. Mia Sosa tells a beautifully funny story between Carolina and Max by showcasing how love-hate relationships can evolve.
You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria
Telenovela fans, this one’s for you! Jasmine and Ashton both star in a bilingual romantic comedy. Their careers are already on the line so they have to work hard to bring the heat to the big screen. Unfortunately, their first meeting doesn’t go so well. Throughout the story, they work hard behind the scenes to make their jobs easier when the cameras turn on. It’s a fun story to follow as a soap opera star and telenovela hunk form a relationship within the Latinx community.
Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera
Never Look Back is a retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice formed by the author’s experience as a Puerto Rican who grew up in the Bronx. Eury is coping with the effects of Hurricane Maria (and an evil spirit named Ato) when she falls for Pheus, who shares her love of bachata. It focuses on how Eury tries to overcome her trauma while exploring the effects of colonialism and generational trauma.
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey
Lila Reyes, a teenager who’s super passionate about her abuela’s bakery in Miami, travels to England and meets Orion Maxwell. This story will teach you about Cuban influences in Miami, Latina family bonds, and what it means to start fresh.
Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez
Camila Hassan is at the center of Furia, who lives in Rosario, Argentina with strict parents, a soccer star for a brother while Camila also harbors a desire to make it big in soccer. The 16-year-old then reunites with her ex, who is a national soccer star, and life gets a little more complicated. Throughout the story there’s mention of the #NiUnaMenos movement and the choices women have to make, often between a career and family. Camila is an endearing and powerful Latina you’ll love and for soccer fans, this book is also an ode to the sport and the love Argentines have for it.
His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras
If you are looking for a story with all the emotions, this is it. Tomas is a single dad with two main concerns: his daughter and his career. Yasmine has dreams of becoming a professional Broadway dancer. Can Yasmine, the dance teacher of Tomas’ daughter, really take on a romance if she isn’t willing to settle down? This romance story between Tomas and Yasmine truly highlights the importance of family and the way life doesn’t always work out the way you plan.
Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Like Water For Chocolate is a light and romantic story sprinkled with magic realism that became an instant classic following its release in 1993. Tita, who is in love with Pedro, is forbidden to be with him because she needs to take care of her mother. When Tita finds out that Pedro is set to wed her older sister, she turns to her traditional family recipes to help her cope with the sadness and frustration of their relationship. The strong emotions in this story are so captivating and the magic that is manifested through Tita’s cooking is what keeps us interested from start to finish.
Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton
Next Year in Havana is a story about Cuban history and a passionate romance told through two stories in different time frames. There’s Elisa Perez in Havana, Cuba in 1958, and Marisol Ferrera in Miami 2017 learning about her Cuban roots. Marisol travels to Cuba to scatter her abuela Elisa’s ashes but she uncovers some family secrets while she is there. The story continuously switches between timelines and we see Marisol go on a journey of self-discovery in Cuba.
American Dreamer by Adriana Herrera
American Dreamer is the first book of a series by Adriana Herrera. This is a story between an Afro-Caribbean food truck owner, Nesto Vasquez, and Jude Fuller, a librarian who’s live takes a turn for the better. This story touches on topics like the American Dream, racial prejudice, and family issues. Although all these obstacles are thrown at the couple throughout the story, their romance is always the center of attention.